French billionaire MP Olivier Dassault dead

Paris: Olivier Dassault, deputy of the Les Republicains (LR) conservative party and son of billionaire industrialist Serge Dassault, was killed in a helicopter crash, President Emmanuel Macron said on Twitter.

“Olivier Dassault loved France. A captain of industry, lawmaker, local elected official, reserve commander in the air force: during his life, he never ceased to serve our country, to value its assets. His sudden death is a great loss,” Macron tweeted.

Aged 69, Olivier Dassault died on March 7 in a helicopter crash in the northern French town of Touques, in the Normandy region, Xinhua news agency reported.

The pilot was also killed, reported local radio Europe 1.

Olivier Dassault was considered the 361st richest man in the world, worth an estimated 6.3 billion euros ($7.3 billion), according to Forbes.

The Dassault family has one of the greatest fortunes in France.

Dassault Group owns Dassault Aviation, which builds the Rafale war planes, and also owns Le Figaro newspaper.

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